Car, Motorcycle, and Truck Accidents

Whether they involve cars, motorcycles or 18-wheelers, auto accidents can change the lives of families forever. We have worked on several cases involving motor vehicle accidents, including:

The Right Lawyer Makes All the Difference in Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents

Our personal injury accident lawyers and experts know how to build a case with the right facts and evidence, securing the futures of families across Oregon. There’s no up front cost to you, and we don’t get paid unless you do.

Corson & Johnson Law Firm has earned the highest recognition for ethical conduct and professional excellence, including U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms. Don Corson has been named in Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

A settlement or verdict in favor of an injured person takes into consideration many economic losses, such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Huge medical bills
  • Constant pain
  • Life-changing injuries

If the case goes to trial, a jury may also award punitive damages meant to punish the responsible party for endangering the lives of others. On average, injury victims who have a lawyer nearly triple the amount of money they get from insurance than those who do not, according to the Insurance Research Council. That is even after attorney fees.

6 Crash Facts You Need to Know

1. The Law Favors Those Who Move Quickly
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There are two main reasons to act quickly after an accident. First off, In too many cases, important evidence is destroyed. Vehicles are towed and crushed or other evidence seen as “unimportant.” We have experienced investigators who know what to look for, and how to secure it. , you want to get a fair settlement as soon as possible.

2. Investigation by Accident Attorneys Needed to Determine Fault
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Law enforcement officers on the scene will determine who is at fault based on the physical evidence and witness statements. However, this initial determination may not tell the whole story. In our cases we quickly work to preserve evidence, including vehicles, before it can be lost or destroyed.

3. Serious Injuries That Don’t Show Up Immediately After An Accident
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Sometimes, what may look like a minor injury can actually be very serious. If undiagnosed, it can lead to permanent harm. It’s important not to sign any insurance papers without the advice of an accident lawyer. You may be unknowingly waiving your rights to future medical treatment. These injuries can include:

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Caused by a blow or serious shaking of the head, TBI victims may not even lose consciousness or show physical signs of injury. Symptoms may appear later, including headaches, dizziness, loss of balance, slurred speech or sleep disturbance. It’s important to get medical attention, even if you think your injuries are minor. A TBI can be fatal or lead to permanent disability. Children and young adults are especially vulnerable to TBIs.

Soft Tissue Injuries (STI) – These are injuries to the muscles, tendons and ligaments throughout the body. They cannot be seen on x-rays. The most common injuries in crashes, severe STIs can lead to permanent disability and chronic pain. For example, whiplash – the violent shaking of the head back and forth in a crash – can cause neck and back pain and even cognitive impairment for life.

Deep Bruising – Muscle bruises can occur deep in the body and may not be immediately obvious after injury occurs. Severe bruises to the abdomen can indicate damage to internal organs, requiring surgery.

4. Don’t Fall for Insurance Companies’ “Get Quick Compensated” Offer
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With medical bills and household expenses growing and little to no wages coming in, it’s tempting to accept an insurance company’s offer just to get quick cash. This could fall far short of what you will need in the long run. DO NOT TALK to any insurance company or sign any papers until you talk to a lawyer who knows how to protect your rights.

Whether to settle your case or take it to trial is a decision that depends on many factors, including the degree of fault on the defendant’s part and the available assets to satisfy a judgment, including the available insurance coverage. The accident attorneys at Corson & Johnson Law Firm will carefully review all the factors and give you the benefit of our years of experience to help you make the right decision about settlement. We are never afraid to take your case to trial if the insurance company’s offer is inadequate under the circumstances.

5. When to File a Lawsuit After Suffering Severe Injuries From A Car or Truck Accident
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The law imposes strict deadlines for the filing of lawsuits, including those for personal injuries caused by cars, motorcycles or other vehicles. In Oregon, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases gives an injured person two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit, not just to contact a lawyer about your case. Gathering evidence could easily take six months or more. Give your lawyer plenty of time to build your case before the deadline runs out.

Anyone involved in a crash that results in death or any kind of injuries should seek the advice of a lawyer as soon as possible after a crash in order to preserve his or her right to be compensated. Furthermore, this is a critical time for the lawyer to investigate the scene and preserve crucial evidence before it is lost or destroyed.

6. Car or Truck Accidents On The Job Can Go Beyond Workers’ Compensation
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Under certain circumstances, you may not be limited. A worker who’s on-the-job injury results from the negligence of someone other than his or her employer or fellow employee may be able to file a lawsuit against that individual and any other person or entity that may be responsible for that person’s conduct. Such a lawsuit may substantially expand the scope and amount of compensation available to be recovered beyond that available in a workers’ compensation claim.